Stuck in Recovery Mode? Here’s What to Do
Know What to do in Case of Problems
Any responsible device owner should know how important software updates are and how ignoring such could easily result in your device or one or more of your apps to perform erratically, as if something was suddenly wrong with it.
But let’s face it. Sometimes, those updates just happen at the most inopportune times, which is why we sometimes can’t stop ourselves from cancelling or postponing it for later, then end up forgetting about it. Until we’re reminded about it, and it’s our device itself that reminds us.
If you’re an iPhone user, that’s a story you’re probably familiar with.
What does recovery mode mean?
Before delving into recovery, we would first like to highlight that many iPhone problems can be resolved simply by restarting the device. So if you experience any problem, restarting should be your first troubleshooting step. Going into recovery mode should be considered a last resort, something you should only do when everything else fails. Why? Because restoring your iPhone by going into recovery mode would delete everything on your device. And unless you’ve been diligent about backing up all your data in iCloud, then you’re in trouble.
When should you use recovery mode?
If mere restarting of your device doesn’t work, you’ll have no other option but to go into recovery mode when one of the following happens:
* You restore your device from backup or update your OS, the process fails, and iTunes is no longer able to recognize your device when you connect it.
* You install an iOS update, and then your device begins a seemingly endless cycle of restarting over and over.
* You connect to iTunes and after several minutes, nothing happens. You retry several times to no avail.
* You see the Apple logo on your screen and it’s stuck with no progress bar.
Remember that there’s voluntarily going into recovery mode (the instances we mentioned above), and there’s involuntarily going into recovery mode, when it’s your iPhone that goes into recovery to protect itself and prevent further damage from happening.
If your phone goes into recovery mode, what should you do?
There are three options available to you, and your choice will typically depend on how much time you’re willing to spend to get everything back to normal.
First, you can just patiently wait for your device to finish the recovery process.
Or, if your iPhone still responds while already in recovery, you can try updating your device to the latest iOS software. If this proves successful, iTunes will be able to reinstall iOS without deleting your data.
Or, you can restore your iPhone while in recovery, erasing everything on your device.
After restore or update completes, it’s time to set up your device and get it back to the way it was.
However, if your device gets stuck in recovery mode, here’s what you should do:
- Connect your device to your PC using you USB cable.
- Simultaneously hold the home button and sleep button.
- Wait until the Apple logo pops up on your screen.
- Continue holding the home button and sleep button until your device boots up and you see the white screen with the Apple logo.
Seeing the Apple logo is your confirmation that you are now out of the recovery mode. If this still doesn’t work, that means you should just bring it in to iDoctor. We can get your phone working the right way.
iDoctor Fixes Cell Phones
Here at iDoctor, we specialize in repairing all makes and models of cell phones. Whether you’re stuck in recovery mode, or you’ve dropped your phone and the screen is broken, bring it in and we can repair it so your technology will work to your benefit for you once again.
We have two locations in Billings, come see us for your phone repair needs!